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Album Review Humanist – Humanist

Rob Marshall, one time sonic backbone of the stupendous Exit Calm, has surfaced under the pseudonym Humanist. I could cut this review short by stating that the eponymous album is a belter, so buy it, turn up the volume and enjoy. Of course life is a bit more complicated than that and so is the […]

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Album Review – Nathaniel Rateliff ‘And It’s Still Alright’

‘And It’s Still Alright’ presents Nathaniel Rateliff’s return to his solo career following the release of two LPs as Nathaniel Rateliffe & The Night Sweats. It also brings a return to a more sombre, acoustic and downbeat sound than that of The Night Sweats. The melancholy sound isn’t hugely surprising since Rateliff says the album […]

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Album Review – Bloodhound “Fragile Skeleton”

Hailing from Hull and raised on Grunge, three-piece Bloodhound cite their influences from a dizzying array of sources: from Alice in Chains and Queens of the Stone Age, to Drenge and Royal Blood; with debut album Fragile Skeleton ambitiously appearing to cover all bases. With a sound encompassing monstrous riffs and mammoth choruses, the listener […]

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Album Review – Ida Mae ‘Live in Memphis EP’

Live in Memphis is the follow up to Ida Mae’s debut studio album ‘Chasing Lights’ which has been nominated for Americana Music UK’s ‘Album of the Year’. Ida Mae is duo Chris and Steph who hail from the UK but have also had some recent success in the US. As a live album like this […]

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Pixies new album ‘Beneath The Eyrie’

It’s funny that after a band splits up and potentially will not make any more music, they are made into gods, and worshipped and mourned.  Their original albums become almost legendary, bordering on attaining a mythological status, and are played endlessly becoming more beloved with each passing year… and then two decades go by and […]

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Album Review – New Model Army “From Here”

For a band approaching 39 years, New Model Army continue to be prolific, not only live but by their studio output. From Here is their latest studio album, and it has all the hallmarks of what we’ve come to expect and love, gentle acoustics, pounding tribal drums and thought-provoking lyrics offering a commentary of the […]

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Album Review – Babybird “Photosynthesis”

It is strange when you read articles about Stephen Jones, in which he is made notable for having built up a mass of recordings either officially released or self-released (and not including hours of unreleased material), when he is one of many artists (me included) for whom this is true.  When you look at the […]

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Album Review- The Membranes, “What Nature Gives…. Nature Takes Away”

Never having been a band that have gripped me in the live arena, much preferring the Punk gospel of John Robb’s other band, Goldblade, I approached The Membranes newest album What Nature Gives…Nature Takes Away with trepidation. It isn’t anything specific that causes me to be unmoved when watching them live; they have charisma, the tunes, […]

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Album Review – “ACR:box” by A CERTAIN RATIO

The reissuing of their entire catalogue, releasing new pieces, and releasing this singles retrospective which includes 20 unreleased demos, remixes and unfinished pieces, sees a welcome resurgence in ACR.  Now on MUTE with their previous label mates, New Order, there feels to be a renewed interest in all things electro, 80s and Mancunian. As new […]

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Album Review – Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, End of Suffering

Let me start with a confession. I had little idea who Frank Carter was before listening to this album. I keep being told that I’ll love his band. The word is that they’re crazy live and great Punk Rock. A quick bit of research and I realise that Frank Carter was the lead singer with […]

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Editors + Whispering Sons @ Arena Birmingham 27th February 2020

It made a nice change to go to a gig and not get battered about on the way there by […]

The Boys Are Back @ Symphony Hall, 25 February 2020

If you’ve come to this review expecting to see something about Thin Lizzy, you’re in the wrong place. No, this […]

The 1975 @ Arena Birmingham, 25th February 2020.

There’s often a conversation about where the future female headliners are or even female acts on festival line-ups. Well a […]

The Murder Capital + Egyptian Blue + Unorthodox Coolock @ O2 Institute 24th Feb 2020

It’s easy to get carried away in the here and now, especially with music.  Sometimes you have the feeling that […]

Palaye Royale @ KK’s Steel Mill Wolverhampton 23rd February 2020

What a week it has been for Palaye Royale , the first show of the uk tour in Glasgow was […]

Album Review Humanist – Humanist

Rob Marshall, one time sonic backbone of the stupendous Exit Calm, has surfaced under the pseudonym Humanist. I could cut […]